Festival marks author’s work
Fans of legendary writer James Joyce will be gathering for the annual Bloomsday Festival on Sunday.
The festival is a celebration of the Irish writer’s comic novel Ulysses which follows the character Leopold Bloom as he wanders around Dublin during one day on June 16, 1904.
It is a modern mockparallel of the epic ancient Greek saga of The Odyssey where Ulysses fights peril on sea and land trying to make his way back from Troy to his wife Penelope. Every June 16 global devotees gather, drink and celebrate the novelist’s work.
Auckland has celebrated the event since 2000.
The festival kicks off with a one-hour dance and theatre piece called Dancing in the Wake at the Basement Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Grey Lynn musician Hershal Herscher and the Jews Brothers Band will then perform during the three-hour cabaret show the Jews Brothers Bloomsday at K Rd’s Thirsty Dog Tavern and Cafe at 7.30pm.
The show is a combination of songs, dramatisations and readings that take the audience through the novel.
Blues legend Rick Bryant, mezzo soprano Yuko Takahashi will also take the floor and Michael Hurst will perform as the dominatrix Bella Cohen.